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Based on a play by V. Rusov, the Russian The Cranes are Flying is a love story set during the early years of World War II. With her boyfriend Boris (Alexei Batalov) on the front lines - and no sign of life from him for eons - Veronica (Tatiana Samoilova, Constantin Stanislavsky's grandniece) is raped by Boris's cousin, Fyodor (Vasily Merkuryev), during an air raid, and later accepts his marriage proposal, despite her lack of love for him - hoping that he'll eventually be able to replace her boyfriend. Several subsequent events (both joyous and melancholy) enable the heroine to rebuild her life, as well as restore her own sense of self-value; she is eventually told that Boris has died in action. The Cranes Are Flying won several international awards, and became a staple on the American art-house repertory circuit into the 1970s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Mikhail Kalatozov Best Film - Any Source 1958 Nominee

Cast

Alexei Batalov
as Boris
Vasily Merkuryev
as Fyodor Ivanovich
Svetlana Kharitonova
as Irina
Valentin Zubkov
as Stepan

Crew

Mikhail Kalatozov
Director
Mikhail Kalatozov
Producer
Sergei Urusevsky
Cinematographer
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